Designing Our Tomorrow

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Designing Our Tomorrow: Mobilizing the next generation of engineers is bilingual Spanish/English traveling exhibit that will engage visitors in compelling design challenges presented through the lens of biomimicry. Sustainable design lessons learned from nature!

Available to rent beginning fall 2023.

Square Footage 
2,500 sq. ft.
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving

$50K / 3 months + inbound shipping


- Design challenges based in biomimcry

- Hands-on science and engineering interactives

- Bilingual English/Spanish

- Intergenerational play

- Programming resources for educators

- Professional development modules and host-site workshops

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Biomimicry engages us with nature's ingenuity to design solutions for the challenges we face. 

The Designing Our Tomorrow: Mobilizing the next generation of engineers exhibition will engage visitors in biomimicry, challenging them to design solutions to issues we currently face using nature as model, mentor and measure. The exhibition will guide visitors through a process of exploration, inspiration and innovation; they will experience the diversity and wonder of nature, be introduced to the fundamentals of Biomimicry and look to the natural world for inspiration as they practice engineering solutions through hands on design challenges.

OMSI is collaborating with the Biomimicry Institute, Adelante Mujeres, and the Fleet Science Center. A Youth Advisory Board comprised primarily of Latina girls aged 9–14 will include target audience perspectives in the exhibit development process.

The Designing Our Tomorrow: Mobilizing the next generation of engineers project will also include the development of a framework for creating exhibit-based engineering design challenges and expand an existing model of facilitation for use in engineering exhibits. The project is co-developed with culturally responsive strategies to ensure the inclusion and influence of families from Latino communities.      

Available to rent beginning fall 2023.

Contact OMSI's Traveling Exhibits Services at or 503-797-4628

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The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The Biomimicry Institute empowers people to create nature-imspired solutions for a healthy planet.

The purpose of the Biomimicry Institute is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. 

Adelante Mujeres provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families to ensure full participation and active leadership in the community.

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Our mission is to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science.